EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOTV) More than 870 teams of students from 17 countries converged on the campus of Michigan State University in May for the 2015 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international education program that challenges students to solve problems using creative solutions. The program is open for students from kindergarten all the way through college. Some of the problem-solving strategies can include anything from building mechanical devices to interpreting literary classics. Team compete in regional and state competitions before moving on to World Finals.
Creative problem solving teaches students technical skills and performance skills as well as teamwork. The experience helps prepare students for real-world experiences such as working with peers in a professional setting.
Teams from Forest Hills, Northview, and Rockford were among the West Michigan students competing at World Finals. The Buddy Program at World Finals pairs American teams with international teams for social support and guidance.
World Finals includes fun activities such as the Creativity Festival, where participants enjoy games from each state and country represented at the competition. Students also sharpen their negotiating skills with pin trading.
To see the final scores of the Odyssey of the Mind 2015 World Finals, click here.